Day 2 and 3 Unalaska

Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease

On Saturday evening Elliot and Ian finally met up with Melissa Good, who is the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program lead in Dutch Harbor, and her husband, Josh who is a local high school teacher and diver. We strategized on where to collect sea stars and plans for the following day. Melissa and Josh kindly offered to help us collect the targets for our collection with a group of divers that get together every Sunday to explore the underwater wilderness around Unalaska – a very generous and awesome offer which made our work a lot easier!

The following morning, Melissa and Josh took us on a zodiac tour around Captain’s Bay and the inner harbor to see some of the sights and familiarize us with the geography of the region. Within about 10 minutes of leaving the dock we were treated to viewing a pod of humpback whales which…

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